C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S-! Breaking into the charts for Millfields Community School and UNICEF

Hello Claptonites and good burghers of Hackney Hot on the heels of David Bowie’s comeback, the Daft Punk/Giorgio Moroder revival and the latest Arcade Fire album comes a super special music endeavour from a local school very near to you: Millfields Community School has released a smashing Christmas song to help raise funds for much needed playground improvements and support the UNICEF campaign, ‘A Song for Syria” Campaign. The song, called ‘C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S’, was recorded by 620 pupils between the ages of 5 and 11, and was written by local resident Jonathan Hart. It is wonderful, even if you are not so much into Christmas per se. The recording is now available as download (£0.99) or CD with original artwork (priced at £3) fromhttp://millfieldscommunityschool.kartel.uk.com/  An iTunes release is imminent, and a music video made by two parents and featuring many of the children will also be released shortly, so watch this space. ‘Millfields Community School is one of the largest primary schools in Hackney but has the smallest outside space’, says Head Teacher Jane Betsworth, who has been at the school for 24 years.‘Recording the song has been great fun and will hopefully contribute much-needed funds as high demand for school places continues,’ she added. Plans for the playground by Erect Architects, who also designed the new adventure playground in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, are well-developed including areas for planting, orchards, sports, performing arts and external learning environments. The song will have its live premiere at the Annual UNICEF Christmas Carol Concert on 9 December at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridgehttp://www.unicef.org.uk/Get-Involved/Help-with-your-money/Carol-Concert-/ More information about the project, including a short promotional video of rehearsals, pupils’ views about the existing playground and more about the school’s relationship with UNICEF, can be found at https://www.facebook.com/millfieldscommunityschoolfundraising The campaign can also be followed on Twitter – @MCS_Hackney I hope that many of you will find this of interest!


  1. More unselfish promotion, please read on… This evening the little people of the Millfields Community School choir rocked the nave at the UNICEF Carol Concert in St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge, which is a major fundraiser for the charity. You can do your part and enjoy a bit of Sufjan Stevenesque yuletide singing too. It’s so easy – just go here for iTunes http://bit.ly/HTdB7B and here for Amazon http://amzn.to/IlYjrB. The proceeds of all sales go to the Millfields School playground refurbishment and UNICEF’s Sing for Syria campaign. Hark!

  2. Yikes – It’s getting serious now! – Currently at number 3 of the iTunes Children’s Songs bestseller list, and rising- Massive BBC radio airplay, and other stations picking up on it, too- Nice coverage in the Telegraph (sorry David Hill!): here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/10505910/Primary-school-pupils-sing-for-a-new-playground.html and here http://fw.to/yBOOAkH– Yotam Ottolenghi endorsement on the Twitter Give it a go at 99 pence it’s yours! http://bit.ly/HTdB7B ***”

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